Skittles Burger? Forget That Noise. Here's How to Make an M&Ms Burger

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Photos by Katharine Shilcutt
A Skittles burger is just a McDonald's quarter-pounder. This is a towering Texas-style burger. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
By now, most of the Internet has seen the Skittles burger: the candy creation that somehow manages to make a compressed disc of purple-colored fructose look like a hamburger patty in a sugar simulacrum of the real thing. Of course you've seen it. It's all over the place, on everybody's Facebook wall and blog as if they themselves discovered the damn thing.

We here at the Houston Press weren't impressed, and sought a real challenge: M&Ms.

Soft, pliable Skittles have the advantage of being easier to crush and flatten between your fingers than the comparatively harder M&Ms -- that thin candy shell seems to have gotten thicker with time. And although M&Ms have the advantage of having an actual brown candy in the mix for the patty, an M&Ms burger is tougher to make than it looks.

I know because I tried. That's the rather miserable-looking result you see above.

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Hlavaty's method was a little more helpful.
I found out very quickly during the course of this important research that -- despite typing roughly 10,000,000 words a day -- I don't have the hand strength to flatten the M&Ms into discs on my own. Enter the office hammer. (Note that now the office hammer is involved, the M&Ms burger's edibility has been rendered moot.)

I smashed the first few M&Ms into oblivion as my cubicle mate, assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty, looked on and laughed.

"What's funny about this is that you're retarded," he said as he watched me flail the hammer wildly at the pile of chocolate.

Soon, word spread in the office that I was attempting to make an M&Ms burger, a counterpart to that dumb Skittles burger we were all now sick of seeing on the Web. All hands were now on deck. Hlavaty had moved over to my desk and was trying to flatten the M&Ms as slowly and gently as possible with the head of the hammer. The phone rang at my desk as he was in mid-smash; it was our web editor, Brittanie Shey.

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A combination of soft hammer smashing and short bursts of microwaving paid off. I thought of this song the entire time.
"Have you tried microwaving them?" Shey asked. "On the Skittles thing it says they microwaved them for five seconds to get them softer."

I ran to the kitchen and popped a few in. It made the smashing much easier, although any longer than five seconds turned the M&Ms to melted chocolate. There was much experimentation left to do, however; more tests to run. Would a combination of microwave and hammer work even better?

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Imagine how much better this would look with tan M&Ms...
Twenty minutes into this project, it became apparent that I was chasing a very weird fascination down a rabbit hole and I had to come to my senses and stop. I put the hammer away and scooped up the chocolate shrapnel from my desk.

Once everything was cleaned up, a realization struck me. Only the blue M&Ms remained of the single bag I'd started with, a painful reminder that this entire project would have bested the Skittles burger if only the useless blue M&Ms hadn't replaced the tan ones so long ago.

Tan M&Ms make better buns than orange.



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April
April

I had actually not seen the Skittles burger until this post. Man people are easily impressed.

Jamie
Jamie

Crushing up some M&Ms passes as an article on this site. At least it's not another Top 5/10 list, I suppose.

Someone must have been up against a tight deadline.

No
No

This is a hilarious article! I have sent to my friends so they can get a laugh. Perhaps if you want hard news you should stay off the food blogs!

Megan
Megan

Perhaps it's a commentary on the utter ridiculousness that passes for internet memes these days.  (I mean, creating a burger out of Skittles?  My brother and I did that 20 years ago.)  Or maybe Katharine felt like smacking some stuff with a hammer to relieve stress.

Jo
Jo

Glad your father and I spent a gabillion dollars on that degree from Baylor. 

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

If this doesn't get COTD I'll eat my desk.

trisch
trisch

Hmmm...maybe Shilcutt, Hlavaty and friends can make you a Twix desk. :P

Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

Shilcutt, Shilcutt? Who puts cheese on top of the lettuce and tomatoes? Your order is all off. Cheese goes on the meat then veggies......TA

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